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Be More Proactive in Understanding Hazardous Materials Storage

Hazardous Materials Storage

Ask yourself the following questions about your hazardous materials storage practices.

For managers in industries which regularly handle hazardous materials, it can be quite easy to get stuck in a particular mindset. Many create a sense of security for themselves by thinking that as long as they comply with regulations, they will be safe from danger. However, while it is necessary for any and all regulations involving hazardous materials to be followed at all times, it isn’t sufficient for proper safety. Simply following regulations creates a false sense of security that can put you and your employees at risk. Being more proactive in understanding the storage of hazardous materials in your industry, along with the various details of it, will help you create a safer work environment. To do this, ask yourself these questions.

What Kind of Material is Being Stored?

You should understand the physical and chemical properties of the hazardous materials you are using and storing. Safety data sheets are designed to give a complete picture and these should be studied carefully. Understand the substances and conditions with which the material is incompatible, such as flammable liquids and oxidizing agents.

Why is the Material Being Stored?

Of course, storing materials in some instances is fully valid. However, if you are undertaking a risk management audit, you should look for any practices that you can employ to eliminate or reduce risk. In some cases, a just-in-time inventory approach (where hazardous materials are received only as needed during a production process) may be a good way to mitigate some of these risks by reducing the need for storing these materials on-site.

Where is the Material Being Stored?

Storage locations must always be defined as permanent, temporary, or transient. This is especially true if your regular storage area is full and you need to find temporary storage for overflow materials. These temporary locations are often the most fraught with risk if not evaluated fully. In addition, check out any processes happening close to or adjacent to the storage location which might compromise the integrity of the hazardous materials.

How is the Material Being Handled and Stored?

The handling processes of hazardous materials should also be assessed and reviewed for safety improvements. Also, ensure that the material is being stored in the environmental conditions that it requires for maximum safety. Consult local, state, and federal regulations as well as manufacturer’s specifications for more information.


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